Walsh clears first obstacle

Boxer targets national title

Dean Walsh exchanges punches with Mark McCole of Dungloe during their 69 kg. bout on Saturday
Dean Walsh exchanges punches with Mark McCole of Dungloe during their 69 kg. bout on Saturday
Dean Walsh in defensive mode during the preliminary round bout
Action from Saturday's contest in the National Stadium
Dean Walsh is declared the winner

Having moved up to welterweight following the retirement of Adam Nolan, St. Ibar's/St. Joseph's boxer Dean Walsh advanced to within two wins of his fourth national title at the Elite championships in the National Stadium on Saturday.

The European Elite bronze medal winner, a nephew of ex-Irish head coach Billy Walsh, easily accounted for Mark McCole in his preliminary round contest.

Walsh won his three previous national titles at light-welter, but only recently decided to move up a weight, no doubt with one eye on the European and World championships in Ukraine and Germany later this year.

'I'm hoping to win my first at this weight and I'm delighted to get this one under my belt.

'We're entering a new cycle for Tokyo 2020 and the Europeans and Worlds are there to aim for,' the Wexford town boxer said.

Walsh will now meet Tyrone's Tiernan Bradley, who beat Gerard French in his bout and will be a tough opponent.

Wexford People